Questions and answers on the gastric balloon
The gastric balloon is a mid-term treatment aid for those willing to lose weight. It consists of a soft extensible silicone balloon. It is pushed into the stomach through the esophagus, and is filled there with a sterile saline solution (approx. 400-600 ml). This causes a sensation of satiety. The balloon remains in the stomach for approx. 12 months, and should be removed thereafter.
No. Generally, the balloon is removed after 12 months to prevent damage to the stomach by the mechanical forces of the balloon.
Although no guarantee of weight loss can be given a weight reduction between 10 – 20 kilograms over first 6 months can be seen depending on personal motivation and discipline. Complying with our recommendations, a responsible diet, and increase activity greatly helps this method.
Generally, it takes between 20 and 30 minutes.
Yes, but the likelihood is very low. You will therefore most likely not experience this issue. Since the saline solution has a blue color, you would see a change of your urine into green color indicating that the balloon has burst. Then, the defective balloon needs to be removed immediately.